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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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Remains of airmen missing since WWII accounted for

Posted  August 8, 2014

The remains of two missing airmen have been accounted for 70 years after they disappeared when their plane went down over Papua New Guinea during World War II, U.S. military officials said. The remains of 1st Lts. William Bernier and Bryant Poulsen were identified through DNA and other evidence collected from the crash site in…

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NASA selects proposals for advanced energy storage systems

Posted  August 8, 2014

NASA has selected four proposals for advanced energy storage technologies that may be used to power the agency's future space missions.

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Headlines August 6, 2014

Posted  August 6, 2014

News: Victim of Afghanistan insider attack identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene - The first American general officer to be killed by hostile fire in combat since Sept. 11 has been identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. Billionaire Elon Musk chooses south Texas for SpaceX Launchpad - Billionaire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. plans to build…

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News Briefs August 6, 2014

Posted  August 6, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,198 As of Aug. 5, 2014, at least 2,198 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,819 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing to modernize NATO AWACS fleet

Posted  August 6, 2014

Boeing has received a contract from NATO worth approximately $250 million to install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 707 commercial airplane.

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DRS Technologies awarded contract For Halvorsen aircraft loader/transporter overhaul program

Posted  August 6, 2014

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced Aug. 6 that it will provide logistics support to the U.S. Air Force’s Halvorsen 25K Aircraft Cargo Loaders around the globe. The Air Force awarded DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. a ten-year IDIQ contract valued at more than $175 million for depot-level overhaul, program engineering support and parts management…

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Researchers focus on reducing weight of Army combat vehicles

Posted  August 6, 2014

Leading experts in military combat-vehicle research, engineering and design gathered July 29-31 to discuss a single goal: reducing the weight of the Army's tanks and infantry fighting vehicles by 40 percent in the coming decades.

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Northrop Grumman to provide systems for Arleigh Burke-class destroyers

Posted  August 6, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded contracts from the U.S. Navy, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to provide integrated bridge and navigation systems and steering gear systems to modernize Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. Naval Sea Systems Command exercised options for the acquisition and testing of five integrated bridge and navigation systems…

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Federal report: Some new littoral ships too heavy

Posted  August 6, 2014

MARINETTE, Wisc. – Four of six ships being built in Wisconsin and Alabama as part of a new class U.S. Navy vessels are too heavy, and some areas of performance have been affected, according to a newly released federal audit. The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that while the USS Freedom has…

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Boeing partners with South African Airways to turn new tobacco plant into jet fuel

Posted  August 6, 2014

Boeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG announced Aug. 6 they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.

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